Garth Montgomery Williams (Colorado, 1912-1996) archive of eighty-seven (87) sketches, letters, and printed proofs related to his illustrations for Margery Sharp's children's books The Rescuers, Miss Bianca, and The Turret published by Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1959, 1962, and 1963. 1st-4th items: Three (3) pen and ink and one (1) pencil on stock paper preliminary illustrations for The Rescuers, 4 items total, including two (2) ink drawings likely depicting Bernard, one (1) pencil drawing depicting Miss Bianca, and one (1) depicting two mice with the Norwegian poet in the ocean. All signed "Garth Williams" or "GW". Pencil drawing to reverse side of one ink drawing. Pencil numerals en verso. All approximately 8 1/4" H x 12 1/8" W. 5th-11th items: Seven (7) pen and ink on stock paper preliminary illustrations for The Turret, depicting Miss Bianca, other mice, and human characters from various scenes in the book. Four (4) signed "Garth Williams". All with book title and/or other information across lower quadrant. Pencil numerals and ink inscriptions reading "Return To Little Brown & Co 34 Bacon St BOSTON MASS" en verso. Ranging in size from 9" H x 8 5/8" W to 12 5/8" H x 9 1/8" W. 12th-32nd items: Twenty-one (21) items pertaining to Miss Bianca, including one (1) satirical pencil and ink on paper drawing by Williams titled "Portrait of Miss Bianca By The Time Garth Williams Finishes the Book", signed "GW" lower right, seventeen (17) hand-written production notes, one (1) typed letter from A. Bradlee Emmons, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, dated November 21, 1961 regarding Margery Sharp's ideas for a third Bianca book and requesting for Williams to create a draft for the cover and one (1) typed list of illustrations needed for the Bianca book with ink notations by Williams, one (1) typed response letter from Williams, Guanajuato, Mexico, dated November 27, 1961, stating that he has provided three rough ideas for the Bianca cover. All items approximately 11 1/4" H x 8 5/8" W. 33rd-87th items: Fifty-five (55) printed illustration proofs on paper, including forty-eight (48) cut-outs, depicting various illustrated scenes from The Rescuers. All with printed "Garth Williams" signatures. Seven (7) with page numbers, book title, and/or other information across lower quadrant. Pencil numerals and/or measurements en verso. Ranging in size from 3 1/8" H x 6" W to 14 1/4" H x 8 5/8" W. All items mid 20th century. CONDITION: All items in overall very good condition. 1st-32nd items: Light toning to edges, light scuffs, few minute foxing spots. 33rd-87th items: Includes duplicate images.
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